In the spirit of the recent total eclipse, I have a question about its happening.
Given that a natural satellite (e.g. moon) can only be sustained in a certian orbital range without crashing into Earth or being flung into the rest of space and given that the moon we have gives a pretty good approximation of total solar coverage during a total eclipse, what are the odds that a natural satellite randomly placed in the aforementioned orbital range will produce such a coverage during an eclipse?
This assumes that if the moon is further away from the earth, it will cover more of the sun … and if it is closer it would only cover part of it (like a dime on a quarter).
This also assumes that the randomly place satellite will cross the sun’s path at some point.
Just curious :}